The LEGO Movie: All that glitters is not gold.
THE GLITTER 1 THE BASIC PLOT 2 GNOSTICISM 4 SYMBOLS. 7 THE EVIDENCE 9 The Names: 9 The Horns of Moloch: 9 The Star of Ishtar: 10 Emmet’s mind 12 Magic Wand Inserted into Fish Mouth 13 Left Only 14 Heading Into the Sun 15 Cloud Cuckoo Land 16 Climbing the Rainbow 16 Bull Deity Moloch 18 The All Seeing Eye 18 The Saturn Cube 19 Triangles 23 CONCLUSION 24 Bibliography 25 AFTERWARD 26
In watching the LEGO movie from a parental and educational point of view, the positive elements are not difficult to find. With learning outcomes, standardized testing, and societal expectations to lock children and students into a “one size fits all” learning plan, it can be “Conform or die”. Or the graduated student can at least wander aimlessly for years from one job to another, because they haven’t learned how to think creatively. The LEGO movie does a wonderful job to counteract this molded thinking, even causing many parents and teachers, as they wrote in their blogs, and comments that I researched in writing this article, to get misty eyed at the end of the movie. They remembered and considered the times that they stifled their own children’s ability to simply create and have fun creating, at the expense of the neat and orderly world that they had created for themselves. “Life is hard enough without you messing it up!” we may sometimes unfortunately think when dealing with the children we are entrusted with, and sometimes we may even say it to them, to our own, and their, great detriment.
Yes, children need to play, and play hard! They need to create and imagine and fail and try things out. If they do not, I believe they have lost the ability to be human in the way we were intended. We all need the freedom to make messes and fail and try. I had a dad tell me just this weekend about how his own daughter, for the first time, stopped trying when the neighbour boys started laughing at her failed attempts to hit the t-ball. For the first time, she put the bat down, let her face fall, and stopped trying to “create” that beautiful hit.
Inspiring creativity and the freedom to be creative is a wonderful essential message in the LEGO movie.
But is it the message?
It should be, and it could be, and that is what most people will think and come away with, evidenced by the numerous blogs I have read, and even in our own school staff meeting in reflecting on the movie.
I wish that was what the movie was about. But there is far, far much more going on in this movie, as it is also a medium for a completely different message.
And now you’re asking, on what evidence do I base this weird assertion?
THE BASIC PLOT
The plot of the movie goes something like this: our hero, the “everyman” Emmet, who has no family, goes along merrily everyday, using the instruction book given to all Legolanders to guide his course. The instruction book does not alow for “creativity”. It gives commands like “Do not pick up strange blocks” (no creativity allowed!), “breath” (don’t forget!), and “follow the instructions or you’ll be put to sleep!” (conform or die!), as Emmet and the rest of Legoland navigate their daily activities through a strict totalitarian environment, run by Lord Business.
Emmet is approached by a girl named Wyldstyle. She tells him that he might be the Special, a person prophecied about to thwart the Kragle and, with a “noble army at the helm”, save the realm of Legoland with a special block called the Piece of Resistance.
Wyldstyle, who we later discover is named Lucy, leads Emmet to Vitruvius and the other Master Builders, who are people who have grown in their minds and their thinking to such a state that they can build anything they can conceive in their imagination, no longer needing the limiting instruction book.
Wyldstyle and the other Master Builders are able to break through into other dimensions of Legoland, having found the tunnels, or portals, to get there. As they travel from place to place, gathering their noble army, Emmet learns more about who he is, what he can be, and what the world of Legoland is really like.
Skipping all the juicy parts, Emmet eventually is pushed from the Tower of Lord Business, and falls through the Eye of a storm, down into what the audience understands as the real world, our world. One thing leads to another, and Legoland is saved from forever being Kragled (Krazy Glued) into one permanent form. I’ll let Kevin Newsome take it from here from his blog, which I recommend for a complete read:
All throughout the movie there are references to the “man upstairs.” This could not only be a figurative reference to God, but it could also be a direct reference to the ‘god’ of the Lego people, because “the man upstairs” is the one who builds them, is the one who created everything, who everyone is looking for, and who everyone is expecting to rescue them. Good so far.
The movie centers around a set of rebels, the Master Builders, who value creative thinking outside the set of “instructions” that Legos would normally follow. The institution of society considers this deviant behavior and emphasizes the importance of always following the instructions. And this is Okay. I’m all for out-of-the-box thinking and creativity in a dormant society. Not so bad, a good point. We need creativity and out-of-the-box thinking. That’s what it means to be creative, and true creativity means making a mess sometimes. Actually, there is a mess all the time if you’ve ever spent time with really creative people.
Then it is revealed that the “man up stairs” is really the bad guy and it is the rebellious son who has introduced chaos and disorder to society by believing the “instruction book” is a bad thing. The chaos and disorder is needed in order to break free from the mantra filled utopia of “Everything is Awesome!”.
The Lego Movie shows the “man upstairs” to be the bad-guy. He is forcing everyone to follow the “instruction book,” forcing everyone into a state of utopic conformity, and wants to squash creativity. He wants perfect order. He’s not who everyone thought he would be, not who they were expecting, and not who they had been searching for their entire lives. The rebellious son is the hero. The “instruction book” is merely a suggestion. And society is better off accepting the chaos and disorder (creativity?) that comes from ignoring the “instruction book.”
And the movie ends with the “man upstairs” returning. He sees what the rebellious son has done to his world and begins to fix it by forcing his perfection upon the world in a kind of Armageddon. There is nothing the rebellious son can do about it. He’s been defeated. The “man upstairs” wins. That is, until the rebellious son tells the “man upstairs”…You don’t have to be the bad guy. Then the “man upstairs” recognizes value in chaos and rebellion.
Newsome’s blog title is “The Lego Movie: One of the Most Anti-Christian Movies Ever.” His conclusion is based on an interpretation that the instruction book in the movie is the Bible, and I completely agree with him, but let me call the instruction book the Laws of God instead, so that we view the analogy more in the context of what the Bible represents, the eternal and divine and universally legal Word of God. Now I understand that Newsome’s thoughts may simply be a negative way to view the plot. Anyone can be a pessimist about anything, and those people are usually just no fun to be around. People like to be around optimists, people who sing “Everything is awesome!”, “Just believe!”, and “We don’t have negative thoughts here”. But is it possible that the glitter of this well made entertaining movie is not pure? Is it tainted by, as all false religions are, truth mixed up in a lie?
I believe a proper interpretation goes beyond what Newsome has correctly pointed out. My thesis is that the main message of the Lego Movie is the promotion of Gnosticism, an ancient belief that to its core goes back to the very beginning, probably right back to Cain. Kabbalah and Gnosticism are closely related, and ancient magic, all the mystery religions, and even mythology have their roots in this belief system. It is Gnosticism that Paul wrote against in his letter to the Colossians, and it is growing and creeping into our culture at an ever expanding rate, though it has slowly been doing that for centuries. Even the recent movie Noah with Russell Crowe was steeped in Gnostic beliefs and premises, according to an excellent article by Dr. Brian Mattson.
A primer on this ancient religion is warranted. Perhaps the correlation is being forced, so let’s explore that.
The term “gnostic” derives from the word “gnosis,” which means “knowledge” in Greek. The Gnostics believed that they were privy to a secret knowledge about the divine, hence the name. In Gnosticism, the world is flawed because it was created in a flawed manner. The blame for the world’s failings lies not with humans, but with its creator. Jehovah, or Yahweh, to a Gnostic is the Demiurge (the man upstairs), a lesser god with the ability to create, but of a more devious and malevolent nature than the gods greater than him. He has fashioned laws (rules), or restrictions (Kragle), on our world, essentially imprisoning humanity here. The true greater god is truly transcendent, and the universe “emanated” from him rather than being created. The Demiurge then, unaware of his origins, imagined himself to be the ultimate and absolute God, since he took the already existing divine essence and fashioned it into various forms.
When humankind was created, there dwelt within them a perishable physical and psychic component, as well as a spiritual component that is a fragment of the divine essence. This latter part is often symbolically referred to as the “divine spark”. The divine essence is present deep within human nature in addition to being present outside of it. Humans are generally ignorant of their “divine spark”. The false creator and his Archons (servants, more lesser gods) are intent of keeping man ignorant of it.
In the course of history, humans are able to progress from materialistic slavery, by way of ethical religion, to spiritual freedom and liberating Gnosis. As the scholar G. Quispel wrote: “The world-spirit in exile must go through the Inferno of matter and the Purgatory of morals to arrive at the spiritual Paradise.” This kind of evolution of consciousness was hoped for by the Gnostics, long before the concept of biological evolution was known or thought about. To be liberated from this predicament, human beings require help, although they must also contribute their own efforts. In essence, they must believe, and then seek.
Luci(fer) then becomes humanity’s Redeemer, showing us the way to break free out of our prison. He is the bringer of Light, the Bringer of Wisdom.
From earliest times other Messengers of the Light (Master Builders) have come forth from the True God in order to assist humans in their quest for Gnosis. To be clear, gnosis is that knowledge that mankind needs to break free from the “prison” that Yahweh (The man upstairs) keeps them in. Gnostics do not look to salvation from sin (original or other), but rather from the ignorance of which sin is a consequence. The indwelling spark must be awakened from its terrestrial slumber by the saving knowledge that comes “from without”.
Rules (the instruction book), however, are not relevant to a person’s salvation; that is brought about only by Gnosis. Morality therefore needs to be viewed primarily in temporal and secular terms; it is ever subject to changes and modifications in accordance with the spiritual development of the individual.
Another treatise, The Hypostasis of the Archons, informs us that not only was Eve the ambassador of the divine Sophia, but the serpent was similarly inspired by the same supernal wisdom. Sophia, Divine Wisdom, mystically entered the serpent, who thereby acquired the title of instructor. The instructor then taught Adam and Eve about their source, informing them that they were of high and holy origin, that they were Special (as the movie tells us we all are) and not mere slaves of the creator deity. In the movie, we see Lucy (or Luci?) – the instructor, the bringer of wisdom, and leader to the proper way.
Now I don’t disagree with the supposition that man is special. But the means by which mankind understands and exercises their specialness is of the utmost importance from a perspective of truth. Emmet may be truth, but by whose viewpoint? Are we special because of who we can become, or because of Who made us and the price He paid to win us back?
So, a one-sentence description of Gnosticism would be: a religion that differentiates the evil god of this world (who is identified with the god of the Old Testament) from a higher more abstract God revealed by Jesus Christ in the New Testament; it is a religion that regards this world as the creation of a series of evil archons/powers who wish to keep the human soul trapped in an evil physical body, a religion that preaches a hidden wisdom or knowledge only to a select group as necessary for salvation or escape from this world.
Some other significant quotes regarding Gnosticism are included in the Afterward section.
Now, I know some of you are thinking, “You are forcing it! You’re making connections that are superficial, pushing a square peg in a round hole! C’mon!” or “Ok. I see some of what you’re saying, but it doesn’t mean that the LEGO movie is preaching gnosticism, or transcedentalism, or whatever. The connection is random. It’s a kid’s movie for pity’s sake!! It‘s coincidental, and besides, I’ve seen those ideas in tons of movies, and they aren’t gnostic.”
If that’s all there was, I would tend to agree. I don’t think looking for a way to make Gnosticism “fit” would be enough to make me spend hours and hours writing this blog. I could make connections with all kinds of other worldviews I suppose.
But there is more.
They are EVERYWHERE in this movie.
Symbols are extremely important, and any study into meaning must start there. I believe this is why the second commandment states, “You shall make to yourself no graven image”, and why Yahweh has always chosen not to reveal Himself to man through symbols, but rather through Word. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among men. (John 1:1-3)
Let’s take some time with this. Confucius said “Signs and symbols rule the world, not words nor laws.” Clifford Gertz is quoted to say, “A religion is a system of symbols… “ Starhawk, in her Wiccan book on magic, The Spiral Dance, states, “To cast a spell is to project energy through a symbol.”
And W.E. Butler in Magic; It’s Ritual Power and Purpose says, “It is known that the Unconscious, whether personal or collective works by means of pictures or images, speech being a comparatively recent development… Magic…speaks to the subconscious mind of man through the archaic images of its symbols and rituals, and thereby produces those “changes in subconscious” which the magician seeks.”
Also, in the book Symbols of the Goddess, Clare Gibson points out that Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud recognized how a symbol contained the power to influence our actions on a conscious and unconscious level. Take a moment and let that sink in. You’ve got possibly two of the most influential psychologists of all time telling us that a symbol can influence our actions.
Here’s a direct quote from her book “Symbols of the Goddess”:
“Symbolism is, then, a truly international form of communication, for it bypasses the barriers of language, race and culture, speaking directly to each level of the human psyche, but most meaningfully to the collective unconscious. When we view a symbol, say, an image of the moon, we recognize it on a conscious level, equating it to the astral body that shines at night; our personal unconscious may also recall a particular night with which, for whatever reason, we associate the moon strongly. Our collective unconscious, however, transcends such superficial connotations: in accordance with a more profound, metaphysical response, it associates the symbol with the tides, water and feminine fertility, but also with coldness, death and the underworld, and thus, since all of these are her attributes, with the Goddess.”
In today’s media culture, we are surrounded by symbols everywhere we look. Windows 8 now uses “charms” for its navigation symbols. The programming language Scratch used “pixies”, and corporations pour multiple millions into producing and revamping their symbols that represent all that they are. What is it about images and symbols that is so important? And what effect do they have on us as we go about our daily lives?
One of my favourite sites is www.vigilantcitizen.com. This writer has written numerous articles for years on the symbols found throughout our society, from fashion to music to even the very architecture that we live and move in. In regards to the meaning of symbols, he states on his site:
To understand the world we live in, we must understand the symbols surrounding us. To understand those symbols, we must dig up their origin, which are often deeply hidden in occult mysteries….My efforts to further understand the forces governing the world lead me to study secret societies, mystery religions, esoteric sciences and ancient civilizations. I’ve spent the last seven years researching Theosophy, Freemasonry, Rosicrucianism, the Bavarian Illuminati and Western Occultism. These schools of thoughts have many things in common: they are based on Hermetic teachings (Hermes, Thoth, Enoch, Mercury), they attach EXTREME importance to symbolism and they recruit within their ranks the most prominent people of all fields of society: Politics, law and public service. The natural result of this phenomenon is the display of occult symbolism in all aspects of society, especially music, movies and buildings. My goal is to bring out the meaning of these symbols in a clear, concise and entertaining way…. As it is the case for most occult symbols, there’s as basic (and unsatisfactory) interpretation given to the masses and a “real” meaning for those in the know.”
So how important are symbols in our world? In the eyes of those who control the media, EXTREMELY. The simple fact alone that almost all of the great architecture in the world is steeped in symbol, allegory, and ancient pagan religious thought shows that powerful people attach EXTREME importance to symbols. Take a look at the pictures I included at the end of this article from the IRS headquarters in the USA. If they are not symbolic of a specific belief system, then stop reading this right now, for I have nothing else to show you. Dan Brown’s novels, like The Da Vinci Code, which are very well researched, show this clearly. Space does not permit to delve into the deep symbolism of corporate logos, numerology, and many other symbolic imagery scattered throughout Western culture, and really almost every culture throughout time.
I could be convinced that none of my speculation is true, except for the consistency of the symbols in this movie. Perhaps there could have been one that means joy, another true peace, but there’s not. Over and over throughout the movie, we find symbols pointing in the same direction, and coupled with what we know of Gnosticism, it paints a consistent picture of the real message we’re trying to decipher.
Emet is the Hebrew word for Truth, as well as being a holy word in Kabbalah. And remember that Emmet has no family in the movie. So we have essentially Truth looking for a home.
Wyldstyle’s real name is Lucy. This is easily short for Lucifer, which plays an important part in Gnosticism, where Lucifer is the Lightbringer, the bringer of Wisdom and Gnosis to man. Now according to Dictionary.com, some definitions of wild are: of unrestrained violence, fury, or intensity, furious, characterized by or indicating violent feelings or excitement, crazy, to drive someone wild, violently or uncontrollably affected, wild with rage, wild with pain, undisciplined, unruly, or lawless, unrestrained, untrammeled, or unbridled, wild enthusiasm, disregardful of moral restraints as to pleasurable indulgence, unrestrained by reason or prudence, wild schemes, wide of the mark. Place those meanings with the Christian understanding of Lucifer, and the mark has been hit.
Vitruvius is the name of an esteemed Roman architect, and Da Vinci drew the Vitruvian Man based on his writings. We will delve more deeply into this fascinating character later.
The Horns of Moloch:
Ancient religions, especially in the Fertile Crescent area, consistently had horned deities. Most traditions point this symbolism directly back to Nimrod. Other deities we know of are Baal or Moloch, to whom children were sacrificed. I find it a small bit disturbing that a children’s movie would include an ancient symbol of a god to whom children were sacrificed.
In addition, Mr. Boss, pictured above, has a “third eye”. In transcedental belief, one needs to open their third eye in order to perceive truth, or the spiritual. It would seem that Mr. Boss doesn’t have his opened yet. But that is the goal of Gnosticism, to open the “third eye” of the soul and see into the other dimensional realms.
The Star of Ishtar:
Vitruvius has a pendant he wears during the movie, and it is the Star of Ishtar. Ishtar was the goddess of love, war, fertility, and sexuality. She is a Babylonian Creator Goddess, and is associated with the Greek Goddess Aphrodite, the Assyrian Goddess Astarte and the Sumerian Inanna. She is said to be the Queen of Heaven, the morning star, the evening star, and the shining star of Venus. She is also the Queen of Earth, the fertility and the abundance of life. So in pagan belief, Ishtar is a powerful being, and it is her that the spiritual guide in this movie, Vitruvius, serves. Think on that for a moment.
According to one author, Ishtar is the remembrance of “the divine self”, which connects once again with Gnosticism, in which it is the divine self that needs to be awakened.
On this note, let’s talk more about the name of the sage Vitruvius. It seems that Vitruvius holds a highly esteemed place in Masonic writings and beliefs (and Freemansonry is deeply based in ancient mystery religions). Even Masonic lodges are named after Vitruvius. The Vitruvian Man drawing is based on “the correlations of ideal human proportions with geometry described by the ancient Roman architect Vitruvius”, and thus speaks of the divinity of man. Which begs the question then, what is it exactly that the character Vitruvius is building? In light of what we’re learning here, Vitruvius is building Man, drawing Emmet up into a more enlightened human being, one awakened to his divinity. He is building the Divine Man, the goal of every pagan religion since the Garden of Eden. “Your eyes will be opened, and you will be as God.”
I was reading Revelation 1 one day, and the thought came to me, Vitruvius in this movie is somewhat like the image of Jesus that John had. Hair as white as snow, eyes blazing like fire. Of course the connection is not fully formed, but it still bothers me. If anything, Vitruvius is a wizard, at the very least. And where else in life do we find people who are able to walk up walls, as Vitruvius does at one point? Well, we saw it happen in a demon possessed boy in Indiana….
Official officer’s report – https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/1004899-intake-officers-report.html
Of course, in the movie it seems more like a harmless event. “Wow! Cool! Vitruvius is so cool he walks up walls!” But that’s not what it’s like in real life. In real life, people who do the things Vitruvius does are not operating on the side of the omnipotent, benevolent, holy God of the Bible.
Just in case there were any doubts, I found a blog by someone who is contracted to work on Vitruvius like characters for the the Lego 2 Movie. Here are his original concepts:
Can anyone say “shaman”?
When Emmet, Lucy, and Vitruvius go inside Emmet’s mind, after doing a weird dance and chanting (Rewatch this scene – jerky movements and unknown words being spoken), Vitruvius says:
“Emmet, you had a vision. Normally, Master Builders spend years training themselves to clear their minds of any obstacles to catch even a fleeting glimpse of The Man Upstairs, and yet, your mind is already so prodigiously empty that there is nothing in it to clear away in the first place.
With the proper training, you could become a great Master Builder.”
And how will he become a Master Builder (aka Ascended Master) so quickly? By having a completely empty mind. This is pure, unadulterated transcedentalism. The lines are said so quickly that we can easily miss it because we’re too distracted by the cool images and translucent blocks forming everywhere. But from a Christian worldview, this is completely taboo. We do not find the real Man Upstairs by chanting, emptying our mind, and training to break free from our bodies. We do it by first repenting of sin, because we have broken the laws of the GOOD God, because the One who made the Instruction Book is holy, basing this repentance on the pure sacrifice of God Himself in the form of Yeshua Ha Mashiach, who is the Beginning and End of all things, and then loving Him with all of our minds, which includes meditation on the substance of the Word He has left us. That’s how we find God, knowing that He first came to find us.
If you rewatch the movie, take note of the big hand of the Man Upstairs that Emmet creates – wow. There is something very very wrong with it. It isn’t normal, and it isn’t right. I’ll leave it at that. And I couldn’t find a pic anywhere, but we paused a few times, and each time it looked weirder. If you have a chance, pause the movie at that point and take a real good look.
Magic Wand Inserted into Fish Mouth
This is symbolic of the fish deities of many ancient cultures such as Indian Nagas, Dogon Nommo, Babylonian Dagon, etc. Dagon was the Philistine fertility god. At first, I knew this scene was important, but I had no idea why. What was clear is that Vitruvius does it for a significant reason. The extremely odd thing is that there is no outward reasoning given in the movie for WHY. He simply does it, and away they go. Consider also his magic wand with a five pointed star at the end: a pentagram, another important occult symbol. In the end, I look at this scene, and my head screams, “What is THAT all about?” I did know that it had something to do with the fact that they are just about to begin the “hero’s quest” for truth and enlightenment, which is supported by what happens next:
Then my wife, the research master, found it, because she simply took up the time to research what the fish symbolizes. Wow. The symbol of the fish, from www.saiyaku.com (and this can be verified in many other places):
Ask any neo-pagan and they will explain the most common interpretation is its derivation from a simplified image of a woman’s womb or vagina. The fish symbol was often drawn by overlapping two thin crescent moons, signifying a woman’s monthly cycle. (See also Lunate Cross.)
In Babylonian mythology, a fish pushed a giant egg out of the river Euphrates, and from this egg emerged the mermaid and fertility goddess of the seas, Atargatis. The son of Atargatis was named Ichthys.
There are a few other Pagan goddesses and gods that manifest themselves as dolphin, fish or other sea creature, and most seem to be connected with sexuality. The oval outline of a fish was compared to the shape of the womb, and both ‘fish’ and ‘womb’ homophonously shared the ancient Greek word delphos.
This isn’t something I wanted to get into, but any study into magic, paganism, or ancient religions eventually leads to the reproductive act. Our protaganists are just about to start the hero’s quest, and Vitruvius completes an action that is in essence “birthing” within Emmet the beginning of something new. As mentioned later in this article, the main premise is that dark and light, up and down, male and female, come together to create something new, something that the Creator Himself did not create. That’s the goal, to transcend the limits of this life. So Vitruvius is enacting the reproductive act as they begin the journey, conceiving a new thing. You’ll find this again and again throughout pagan thinking. It saturates it, for many reasons.
The team is running from the evil forces and they take a tunnel through the roof hatch that has the words “LEFT ONLY” written on it. The ‘left hand path’ is what occultists take to higher spirituality; vs. the right hand path of organized religions, telling us there is only one true way of escaping the matrix…The Left Hand Path denotes breaking the rules, going against norms, breaking out of the box, etc.
This scene is also captured upside down. In occultic thinking, the enlightened soul will do things backwards in order to gain new insight and meaning. The Freemasons have specific rituals where the initiate has to complete the task backwards, or say an oath backwards. So filming this scene “backwards” highlights the fact that, as Emmet begins the real journey for truth (think enlightenment), he does so backwards, taking the left hand path.
Heading Into the Sun
The next thing that happens is Vitruvius tells them to head towards the sun, which is yet another occult reference with the worship of the Solar deities and Saturn worship (which we’ll talk about later); both topics are covered in posts a this blog site: Decoding Illuminati Symbolism: Triangles, Pyramids and the Sun:
My wife thought the bat symbol might actually be a Pheonix, which would make a lot of sense. I don’t see it, because a Phoenix‘s head is different. But if it was, the symbolism is rich. I’ll leave it at that with a comparison of the Phoenix from the closing ceremonies of the 2012 Olympics:
Cloud Cuckoo Land
If I lost you at this point, come back for a couple of minutes, because I think this symbol is indisputable. Cloud Cuckoo Land was developed in “The Birds”, a comedy by the ancient Greek playwright Aristophenes, and is the location of the realm that separates the gods from humankind in the play. The story follows Pisthetaerus, a middle-aged Athenian who convinces the world’s birds to create a new city in the sky, and thereby obtaining control over all communication between men and gods. He is eventually miraculously transformed into a bird-like god figure himself, and replaces Zeus as the pre-eminent power in the cosmos. (http://www.ancient-literature.com/greece_aristophanes_birds.html). Comparing this storyline to that of Lucifer in the Bible is practically a one to one correlation. In this light, what are the master builders really after? They NEED Emet, they need him to become a god-like figure, they need him to help them be released from their imprisonment, so that they can “replace Zeus”.
In LEGO’s Cloud Cuckoo Land, whatever one wants to do, they should do it. Unikitty states, “Here in Cloud Cuckoo Land, there are no rules! There’s no government, no babysitters, no bedtimes, no frowny faces, no bushy mustaches, and no negativity of any kind!” This is exactly what Aleister Crowley wrote in his Satanic Bible – “Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law.”
Climbing the Rainbow
Batman takes the team to Cuckoo Land by driving up the rainbow, another standard occultic belief, that one can climb the rainbow in order to enter the spiritual world. From http://www.chadstuemke.com/scaling-the-rainbow-path/ –
“For thousands of years the rainbow and the symbolism it incorporates has been viewed with a sense of awe, wonder, and inspiration. The shimmering and glistening colors that emanate from the perceived “path of the gods” have been illuminating and inspiring ancient cultures, mythologies, poets and artists for thousands of years.
Symbolically speaking, in mythologies worldwide the Rainbow Bridge, or the “Shimmering Path” as it is sometimes refered to, was seen as a link between the earthly realms and the heavenly realms — the Rainbow Bridge was considered a pathway connecting humanity to the gods, and possibly even a bridge between our everyday selves and our higher selves.
And that really is what Cuckoo Land is, the realm where the “principalities, powers, and rulers in high places” live. I’ve watched documentaries on DMT, a drug people take in order to have spiritual experiences. To highlight the power of DMT, people have reported, from their personal experience, that when in a group of people taking DMT at the same time, they often experience the same events, and even see each other in this other place they go to. This scene in Cuckoo Land reminded me of the descriptions that people give of going to “the other side” during a DMT experience, or one like it. The colours, the actions, and obviously the morals, all speak of what the Bible would call part of “the second heaven”, which is what Aristophenes created Cuckoo Land to be in his original play.
This is where the Master Builders come to meet, gather, converse, plan. The Master Builders in the LEGO movie really do represent the Ascended Masters, whom all Christians know to be fallen angels, and of whom a myriad of books have been written as they say they have come to help guide mankind into an age of new enlightenment and evolution.
And rocking back and forth, watching the whole scene, is the all seeing eye of Horus. If you missed it, look back at the picture again. The group has to walk right by it when they enter the round Dog meeting hall. We’ll talk more about the Eye in a moment.
Another definition of Cloud Cuckoo Land I found is “an idealized, illusory domain of imagination”. And man’s imagination is a powerful thing. It can be used for good, or for evil. Educationally, we definitely want to inspire children to use their imaginations. The imagination is needed if we want to create at all. But Genesis 6 says, “And every imagination of man’s heart was continually evil.” And at the Tower of Babel, “And nothing they imagine will be impossible for them.” Imagination in the context of this movie with Divine Emmet (Divine Truth) as the centre has only a repeat of Genesis 6 as its ending.
Bull Deity Moloch
Shown again, on the front of the pirate’s ship: The name of this ship in the movie is the Sea Cow. Mythologically speaking, the Sea Cow was half serpent, half bull.
There is more to explore here, but there is only so much space! I do note that the “cloud” in back of the ship is in the shape of an eye, but hey, maybe that’s just coincidental.
The All Seeing Eye
One of the creepiest parts of the movie for me, is the shot where Emmet is going to fall off of the skyscraper into the vortex below. The vortex, is a very distinct eyeball:
So Emmet needs to enter into the eyeball in order to come to that final stage of reality as to what is really really true, to finally see reality for what it truly is, and finally find the answer to redeem Legoland from the Kragle. The all seeing Eye of Horus, found on the American $1 bill, found throughout ancient Egypt, found just about anywhere esoteric and occultic, is the ultimate symbol of enlightenment in this movie? Why? Because Lucifer is the bringer of wisdom, the Redeemer of mankind in Gnosticism and Kaballah. He is the one that wants to set mankind free from the evil Jehovah, the Demiurge, who has imprisoned man in a world full of bad “rules”.
Notice that Emmet also, as in so many movies and important stories, goes through a type of resurrection, “dying” from Legoland’s point of view as he enters the other realm, and then “resurrecting” back to Legoland with the Answer.
The Saturn Cube
And even in the credits!
Saturn has historically been associated with Satan. The colour black has always been connected to Saturn, and Saturn was understood to be the farthest planet from the sun. The sun, being good in ancient thought, was the antithesis of the farthest point, Saturn. However, there is more going on here than these simple one to one correlations. In the Gnostic Handbook by the Institute for Gnostic studies we find this:
On a cosmological level evil cannot exist; if the Great Chain of Being unfolded from a single principle then everything must have its place and role and to suggest a separate ontologically evil force destroys this balance. So how does evil exist ? This paradox is symbolized in the Gnostic astrological traditions as the planet Saturn. Saturn is both Sophia (wisdom) and Satan (the tester) (italics mine). In the Old Testament Satan was not a rival to God but worked within God’s court to test and try the faithful. Saturn is hence a dual image and it is to Saturn that the title Demiurge is usually applied. Saturn is also Sophia and through Ialdaboath (another name for the Demiurge) matter is created and yet we may ask – why was it a “sin” for Sophia to want to know or understand the Divine Will ? It seems clear that this supposed error was actually the process by which Sophia (and with her mankind) could enter matter and achieve an understanding of the Divine Will. This model is duplicated in Genesis where the serpent tempts Eve and Eve is seen to “fall, yet in reality Eve begins a necessary journey into the material world, symbolized by putting on coats of skin and being dispelled from the Garden. The entry into matter was hence painful but necessary. So while Saturn/Sophia may have caused the material world and its suffering and pain, it is through realizing that this world is only a “classroom” that we see through the Demiurge/Satan and find wisdom behind it. (Gnostic Handbook, p.44)
So the black of the cube symbolizes the Satanic side of Saturn, the tester, pain and suffering. And the cube represents Sophia, the matter of this world, and the wisdom gained through the entry into the material world. Both are needed in order for Gnostic salvation to occur. The black cube is then another version of the yin and yang, the good and evil of the universe that is needed for us to become as gods.
A final note on Saturn – in new age teaching, we are in the Age of Aquarius, and who is the ruler of Aquarius? Saturn. (Gnostic Handbook, p.60)
As you can see above, the symbols for Saturn are plentiful in the Lego Movie. If Gnosticism is the main message being conveyed, then it makes sense as to why. The understanding of what Saturn represents from a Gnostic point of view would be mandatory to place significantly within the movie.
In my research on Saturn and Saturn worship, I actually had to stop. It gets really dark, and to be honest, to once again see that this is a kid’s movie with symbols for Saturn worship scattered throughout really bothers me. Most images of the god Saturn from ancient times are quite disturbing.
– pointing up and pointing down, all throughout the movie. Look back at the picture I included of Lord Business earlier to see another example.
A summary of deep magic is the combination of the the high and the low, black and white, the masculine and feminine, good and evil. Having one vertext pointing up, and another down symbolizes this in its essence, and is the meaning behind the Masonic symbol shown below. The magician wants to mix these together in order to create something new. This theme comes up again and again in all mystery religions and the study of magic. I could paste page after page of symbols and pictures that show this mystical belief. “As Above, So Below” is another way to look at this, which is also symbolized in the movie through the matching of the real world with the Legoland world.
A Masonic Apron with an All Seeing Eye and the main Masonic logo
In the main symbol of the Freemason, the compass points up, and the square points down. Throughout the Lego movie, and especially in Lord Business’s office building, there are triangles everywhere, some point up, and some down. My wife kept crying out, “There’s another triangle!”, and I kept missing them. But she was right.
And while I have your attention on this subject, the G in the Masonic symbol stands for Gnosis, not God.
It is so important as Christians that we take a hard look at the things of our culture. Not all that glitters is golden. These elements that I have mentioned are there for a reason. They are not random, and they are not there by accident. My wife and I were shocked by the amount of magic, ancient mystery religion, symbolism, and pure evil in this movie simply from our first viewing, and the research I have done in writing this article has only magnified that understanding. This movie at its core has a message of falsehood, and until we see that the movers and shakers of our world have these beliefs as their own, and that they are completely sold out to them, we are prone to be deceived. That is something we must take very seriously. When Jesus’ disciples asked him about the last days, His very first words were, “Be not deceived.”
I want to reiterate that I do understand the positive message in the movie. I am a father, and the theme as laid out at the end about allowing creativity in our kids is very important. I get that.
But when that message is supplememented with “Because the only thing anyone needs to be special is to believe that you can be”, my eyes open wide, and my heart starts pounding. As one blogger cites in his article, “Kabbalists claim that the initiate can make his own truth by will, in opposition to the Christian view that truth must be accepted as an absolute and not created by us.” In other words, Just Believe. You can do it. You are Special, so you can make it happen. Put on the Piece of Resistance, and Resist these imposing morals that the Demiurge, Yahweh, has placed upon mankind.
But using the True Guidebook to the Supernatural, the Bible, we know that what we need to realize we’re special is only, only, an understanding of who we are in Jesus Christ, the Alpha and Omega. In Him we are complete, and only in Him. His laws are not cumbersome and onerous. His yoke is easy, and His burden is light. Why is there a yoke and a burden? Why are we not free just to do whatever we please? Because in breaking the laws of the One Who is supreme over all (and He is Supreme Mr. Gnosis), we set ourselves up as arbitor and jury instead, naming the Lord of the universe to be Unjust, Unfair, and Evil, and that places us in the doghouse of Cuckoo Land, and to the place prepared for those that dwell there.
The real message in the Lego Movie is not the obvious one. It’s the one hidden in all the symbols, just like all the symbols and images we’re surrounded with every day.
As thinking Christians who are like the Bereans, “searching these things out to see whether they be true”, or like the sons of Issachar, who understood the times (1 Chronicles 12:32), we need to be aware of what is going on in our culture today, and what God’s very own Instruction Book has to say about these things. Following the Way is the most freeing thing in the universe! Else, and I do believe this strongly, we are susceptible to falling into what will be a great delusion. If Paul had to write to the Colossian church to steer them away from Gnosticism, then we need to be extremely careful as well.
Because everything is just not as awesome in Legoland as the people are saying.
Quotes from bloggers who got it:
“Negative—Parents, my review discusses briefly things occult in nature, please use prayer and discernment if sharing this with your children… I must say that I have taken my family to see this movie twice, and now regret it. The movie was very entertaining, so much so that I only had a minor twinge that something wasn’t sitting right with me regarding the message. The second time I watched more closely.
This movie is beyond anything an anti-God allegory. The “Man Upstairs” is the oppressive creator of everything, who wants to prevent everyone from experiencing anything fun and different, in order to keep his creation static in nature. The “Man Upstairs” is corrected taught and converted by his creation in the end. Most startling, after reading something tonight, I feel that the allegory is not only anti-God and humanist in nature, but actually pro-satan. I hope I haven’t lost you with that statement. more »
What I read tonight explained in a prominent Satanist’s own words that Satanists believe, “Satan [or Lucifer] represents…the Centrifugal Energy of the Universe…this ever-living symbol of self-sacrifice for the intellectual independence of humanity.” That is exactly what Emmett was is this movie. He seemingly jumps to his death in order to give intellectual independence to humanity.
I understand that most people will not chose to look this deeply into a “kid’s” movie, but these correlations seem far to exact to ignore. May God Bless you all, who seek after His will when deciding what to allow into into you and your families” minds.
Negative—To agree with Paul and disagree with James, there were heavily occultic elements to this film. To name only one instance of many, Emmet opens his mind to the mystical bearded guy, and it is an empty plain. This is transcendental meditation. Very occultic.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 3
—Laura, age 45 (USA)
Negative—We enjoy watching movies with our 4 children, but this movie has caused me to write a review warning. Some funny parts, but that is overshadowed by homosexual undertones found in the movie. Not sure if they were injected for adult humor. As a Christian for 20+ years, I have not seen such subtlety in a children’s movie. Would strongly suggest watching first before allowing your children. If you enjoy male characters acting effeminate, you may like this. Very disappointing.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 3½
—Lewie, age 40 (USA)
(left, Emmet, with female sidekick Wildstyle, whose real name suggests Lucifer)
“At its core, The Lego Movie tells children that following the rules and being moral is stupid and no fun. What matters is to be special, to be part of the an enlightened elite who got rid of old-fashioned notions of sin and sacrifice to others in order to live a life empowered by occult knowledge.”
Part 2: …there was no break from these things, no ebb and flow of the story line, no time for the imaginative reflections and connections implicit in a staying, affective story. The master story-line of Mr. Business father and creative child was a nice touch but jarring in its attempt to go deep after so much mindless fun — too much too late. Furthermore, the closing message, “Just believe” and the not so subtle insinuation that there’s no real master story to believe in except for the one you create yourself, was troublingly in-your-face for a children’s movie. If the true test of a good movie is what it does to you after you exit the theatre, then I’m afraid it left my children, and how many others, I wonder, unaffected, and curiously, bored. Mixed bag of disparate messages: Be creative. Buy lego. Stop following instructions. Buy lego. Following instructions can be creative too. Buy lego. You’re special. Buy lego. Believe in yourself to activate your specialness. Buy lego.
I saw this movie with my family (my wife and two daughters, ages 13 and 8). Although on a superficial level, it was an entertaining 1hr+ long Lego commercial, but there was one underlying theme that I had a problem with and which I discussed with my daughters. It is the “Believe-in-Yourself-ism” that is pervasive in our culture. Essentially, Emmett (or anybody in the Lego world, including Lord/President Business) is special as long as he believes in himself. BELIEVE! says the kitty poster.
Believing on oneself implies relying on oneself, relying on one’s own heart, to drive that person to do/think, etc. As Christians, we know that we should rely on God, to not to trust our own hearts, as they can deceive us. It’s subtle, but this is something to talk to your children about, as on the surface it sounds harmless, but “Believe-in-Yourself-ism” ultimately leads to idolatry of self-worship.
According to the review, Emmet “sacrifices himself for his friends, plunges through a tunnel into the Light, learns a unforeseeable truth about his world, and is resurrected to return to the quest,” wrote RNS’s Jeffrey Weiss, pointing out the parallels between that story and the story of Jesus Christ and Guru Nanak, the father of Sikhism.
At one point, Vitruvius, one of the Master Builders, tells Emmet, “All you need to be special is to believe” (faith).
Extra Miscellaneous Thoughts:
1) Emmet has no family. How often do we see this in movies, where the hero/heroine is either an orphan or missing one parent? So the viewer begins to identify personally with a character that has a broken family unit. This starts the process of detachment, or reinforces it, so that the viewer, identifying themself with the hero, looks to seek the more that Emmet is seeking too.
2) One of Lucy’s first lines in the movie is, “Come with me if you wanna not die.” Compare this with Genesis 3:4, “And the serpent said to the woman, You shall not surely die”, or paraphrased, “Follow what I say, and you won’t die.”
3) Why does Lord Business say he’ll be there in “23 seconds”? 23 is a huge esoteric number, and comes up repeatedly. In essence, it speaks of the chromosomes of the human cell, and in light of the Gnostic hope of improving mankind, speaks volumes.
4) Interview with the composer of “Everything is Awesome” (italics mine) – ‘Everything is Awesome’ was such a fantastic song. I saw you produced that song, but did you write that as well?
Mark Mothersbaugh: The song was, the idea of it, was in the script. Phil and Chris, before I came on to start scoring, they had already written the song with a friend. It’s a smart thing. The song starts off as this irritating, mnemonic device, like the whip on people’s backs, like another dose of caffeine to get you out of your house, into your car and going to work. It’s this irritating song, but just because of the story line, when you get to the end, it transforms into a song where it’s about people cooperating to do something bigger than they could have done by themselves. It takes on this whole other meaning, and it was clever writing on the part of Phil and Chris, really.
In the context of Gnosticism, doing something bigger than they could do by themselves speaks to Oneism, all is one, mankind needs to become one, the Tower of Babel all over again.
The song seems more like the drone of worker bees, like the people in the novel “Brave New World”, with the song as an audible Soma that everyone is taking.
And I like that the beginning of the song is meant to be a whip on people’s backs.
5) Extra quotes on Gnosticism:
“The main teaching states that there is a supreme being or power which is invisible and has no perceptible form (The man upstairs). This power is the one which can be contacted by mankind, and it is through it that man can control himself and work out his destiny. The various religious teachers through the ages, putting their creeds in many different ways, were in contact with this power, and their religions all contain a more or less hidden kernel of initiation. This is the secret which the Knowers (Master Builders) can communicate to the disciples. But the secret can be acquired only through exercising the mind and body (Just Believe), until the terrestrial man is so refined as to be able to become a vehicle for the use of this power. Eventually the initiate becomes identified with the power, and in the end he attains his true destiny as a purified personality, infinitely superior to the rest of unenlightened mankind.”
– Arkon Daraul, Secret Societies
“This – the evolution of man into superman (The Special) – was always the purpose of the ancient Mysteries, and the real purpose of modern Masonry is not the social and charitable purposes to which so much attention is paid, but the expediting of the spiritual evolution of those who aspire to perfect their own nature and transform it into a more god-like quality. And this is a definite science, a royal art, which it is possible for each of us to put into practice; whilst to join the Craft for any other purpose than to study and pursue this science is to misunderstand its meaning…Man who has sprung from earth and developed through the lower kingdoms of nature to his present rational state, has yet to complete his evolution by becoming a god-like being and unifying his consciousness with the Omniscient – to promote which is and always has been the sole aim and purpose of all Initiation.” W.L. Wilmhurst, Meaning of Masonry.
6) When I think of the lyrics of the song, “Everything is awesome when you’re part of a team”, I’m reminded more of the pyramid in front of the IRS headquarters in Maryland than I am of the team I get to work with in my career. If you’ve never seen it, well…”
Somehow “We the People” isn’t a place I want to be in that pyramid.
I like the part about riding behind the King of Kings on a white horse a lot better.